Mpls City Coordinator leaving job to travel the world

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Star Tribune
Bosacker is leaving the top-paying job in the city for a journey abroad.
From the 'what a refreshing idea' and 'if I could only do that' departments:

Steven Bosacker, the Minneapolis City Coordinator for the past six years and one of the most powerful employees in the city, is leaving a job he likes because he wants to spend a year traveling the world.

Bosacker was the city's highest paid employee as of 2010, reportedly hauling in a base salary of $147,154 that year. But good for him -- he's managed his money wisely and is clearly motivated by travel more than income.

Bosacker rose to prominence in Minnesota politics as Gov. Jesse Ventura's chief of staff. He spent two years working in Germany before returning to the states to take a job with the city of Minneapolis in 2004. He became city coordinator in 2006.
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Mayor Rybak loves him some Steven Bosacker.

By all accounts, he's been an outstanding employee. In a news release Mayor R.T. Rybak gushes about Bosacker, calling him "one of the most gifted public administrators in the history of Minnesota" and characterizing his work for the city as "nothing short of transformative."

"He promised me to work here for four years and we are very lucky he stayed for six," Rybak said. "I will deeply miss a tremendous partner and true friend."

Bosacker told the Star Tribune that he sold his condominium in January and will also sell his possessions before jet-setting. His 12-month journey abroad will include stops in Peru, Brazil, Portugal, Morocco, Lebanon, Egypt, Vietnam, Cambodia and India.

"There's a bit of a world history with me that I can't quite shake," Bosacker told the Strib. "I'm not quite done with the rest of the world."

What a great plan -- take a year off from the grind, hit the road and let the journey be the goal. Want to follow in Bosacker's footsteps? Here's a tip -- the city of Minneapolis will soon be hiring a new City Coordinator.


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20 comments
Oakleys
Oakleys

YXJYXQHAPPY I like it very much!

Johnny
Johnny

Wow CP, a simple net search of "bosacker health club" brings back a couple of dozen cites.  Pretty lazy researching on the part of Aaron.....

yomammy
yomammy

Isn't this the guy that was spanking it in the steam room at the Target Center health club (was it Northwest back then?) when he worked for the Ventura administration?

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Per the U.S Census Bureau-

Statistics for Minneapolis are as follows:

Median household income 2006-2010 = $46,075 yearPersons below poverty level, percent, 2006-2010 =  22.7%

And 100% of this guys salary comes from the taxpayer?Almost 150k per year, wow...

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Per the U.S Census Bureau -

Statistics for Minneapolis are as follows:

Median household income 2006-2010 = $46,075 year

Persons below poverty level, percent, 2006-2010 =  22.7%

see more here-

http  : // quickfacts. census.gov/qfd/states/27/27430....  html(remove the spaces)

And this dink made nearly 150k a year?

And 100% of his income come from the taxpayer?

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

$147,154 a year?Does that make him a 1%er

Get him OWS!Get that GREEDY government employee that has this HUGE salary in which Democrat Mayor R.T. Rybak approved. GREEDY GOVERNMENT HAS GOT TO GO!

Sam I am.
Sam I am.

Base salary of $147,154 ??Don't tell the OWS people that.....they'll be picketing at the airport the day he jets away. 

Pwright
Pwright

Lucky guy.... I wish I could do that.  Be safe and have a great venture.

atrupar
atrupar

Yes, Johnny, it was complete laziness for me to overlook the possibility that Googling Steven Bosacker+health clubs could be pertinent to a story about the Mpls City Coordinator leaving his job. *smh*

atrupar
atrupar

I didn't see anything about that when researching this piece, but the Ventura era was right on the cusp of the 'net age. If you can find a link, let's see it. 

Tim
Tim

 A civil servant's compensation will require, by nature, that it compete with the private sector in order to retain qualified employees. While 150k isn't necessarily out of line, depending on experience, your attempt at a red herring actually goes against you: if $150k is an outrageous salary, it is only because it is what is demanded to compete with an outrageous private industry.

Truman2
Truman2

Actually to be a 1% in Mpls you need to make about $248,000 so he's part of the 99% though mid-to-high end. It isn't an easy job I'd imagine.

Boo Hoo
Boo Hoo

It's OK for him to have a high salary.  He works for the government.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

 Shut up racist trash.  You aren't smart enough to listen to Occupy Wall Street so you have no idea what they are fighting for.   Stupid racist trash.  

Johnny
Johnny

No, it's complete laziness of you not to more fully research the background of people you blog on.  Been getting pretty bad of late......

Matthewnaney
Matthewnaney

I did a google search with Bosackers name in it and a hit came back on a Brainerd Dispatch news paper that has the original story about getting time off work to deal with getting caught in the steam room. search.brainerddispatch.com/fa....

yomammy
yomammy

http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G...I didn't read the whole article in this link but it does reference it.  I'm not sure if he was ever, in fact, convicted.  I will say that I only have a foggy recollection of this whole fiasco from back in the day, but it did ring a bell.  I seem to recall KQ having fun with it for a while.

Sam I am.
Sam I am.

So, if he were a Republican official, you would be calling him "greedy" and a "disgrace" to the city of Minneapolis for abandoning his post so he go and travel the world. 

Because, see, only the 1% can afford to do that.

Michelle: do you have two assholes? You seem to be speaking out of both of them.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

And here we go with the default comeback of the uneducated, "racist."

Sam attacks a white government official and you call him "racist?"You make less and less sense every day...

David Banks
David Banks

Johnny:  If Bosacker was a Republican, Aaron certainly would have mentioned it in his article.

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